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Footy volunteer recognised for outstanding contribution

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 10:24 AM

WA Football volunteer Tom Busher has been recognised for his significant contribution and leadership in the growth and development of football in the South West region as the 2017 recipient of The Sunday Times WA Football Volunteer of the Year Award.

Busher was presented with the award at the West Australian Football League Sandover Medal Count on Monday, September 18. He was one of 17 regional and district finalists chosen from more than 2,000 nominees and has received a trip for two to the AFL Grand Final, thanks to the AFL.

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Purchase your WAFL Grand Final Commemorative Jumper

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 8:05 AM

Sunday September 24 marks a special day on the WA Football calendar. It is the day the last ever WAFL Grand Final will be played at Subiaco Oval.

To celebrate this special occasion and the 109 years of local football held at the venue, footy fans can purchase a limited edition WAFL Grand Final Commemorative Guernsey.

The guernsey is available at the Burley Sekem online store. Adult sizes are $95 and Youth $85.

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Sandover Medal double act for Bulldogs as Schloithe pips Kelly

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 9:09 PM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle's Haiden Schloithe has been rewarded for his work as an equally damaging midfielder and goalkicking forward by claiming the Sandover Medal as the WAFL's fairest and best player in 2017.

It was a fitting end to the vote count for 2017 that Schloithe's nearest rival was his teammate Tim Kelly after the pair had standout seasons with the Bulldogs helping lead them all the way to Sunday's preliminary final before losing to Subiaco.

Little could separate Schloithe and Kelly throughout the WAFL season with South Fremantle both proving tremendous inside midfielders and clearances winners, while able to break away and run and carry the ball, and go forward to kick goals.

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LIVE COVERAGE: 2017 WAFL Sandover Medal

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 4:00 PM

THE West Australian Football League will honour the 2017 McDonald’s WAFL Premiership Season’s fairest and best player when the Sandover Medal is presented at the Crown Ballroom, Crown Towers on Monday night, September 18.

The Sandover Medal, which has been awarded each season since 1921, will be presented by Ian Sandover, great grandson of the original donor of the medal, Mr Alfred Sandover.

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Sandover Medal Preview

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 3:24 PM - by Chris Pike

THE Sandover Medal count for 2017 looks to be a relatively open affair heading into it and while South Fremantle pair Haiden Schloithe and Tim Kelly are warm favourites, gun on-ballers from Claremont, West Perth and Perth shouldn’t be far away along with a trio from Subiaco.

The Sandover Medal count will be held in the Crown Grand Ballroom at the Crown Towers on Monday night as preparation heats up for Sunday's WAFL Grand Final between Peel Thunder and Subiaco at Domain Stadium on Sunday.

The Sandover Medal remains the most prestigious individual award in West Australian football and it's set to be another fascinating count on Monday night to find out the winner.

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Subiaco through to the Grand Final

Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 6:09 PM

Subiaco are through to the 2017 WAFL Grand Final following their 32-point Preliminary Final victory over South Fremantle in front of a crowd of more than 4,000 at Leederville Oval today, Sunday September 17.

The Lions take on reigning premiers Peel Thunder next Sunday, September 24, in what will be the last ever WAFL Grand Final at their long-term home ground, Subiaco Oval.

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WAFL Preliminary Final match report

Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 5:31 PM - by Chris Pike

SUBIACO has advanced to a fourth successive WAFL Grand Final and set up a rematch with Peel Thunder after beating South Fremantle by 32 points in the preliminary final at Leederville Oval on Sunday.

South Fremantle stormed out of the blocks in the preliminary final on Sunday with the opening three goals of the game in a stirring opening in the first 11 minutes.

But Subiaco worked its way on top from there kicking eight of the next 10 goals to go into half-time with a 22-point advantage.

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WAFL AHG Preliminary Final teams and preview

Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 12:00 AM

SUBIACO and South Fremantle were the two standout teams during the 2017 McDonald's WAFL Premiership Season but now only one will get a chance to tackle Peel Thunder in the Grand Final after Sunday's preliminary final.

After Peel Thunder ended South Fremantle's nine-game winning streak in the qualifying final, Subiaco also had its run of 19 consecutive wins ended last Sunday at the hands of the reigning premiers.

That means that the Thunder are through to their second straight WAFL Grand Final with a chance to make it back to back premierships.

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Lions ball magnet Kitchin focused on Bulldogs challenge

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 4:32 PM - by Chris Pike

LEIGH Kitchin has been the standard bearer in Subiaco's midfield in his three seasons since arriving from Frankston in the VFL and the contested ball and clearance machine doesn’t want to find out what it's like playing in the WAFL and not at least reaching a Grand Final.

Kitchin arrived at Subiaco in 2015 stepping right into the midfield in a team that went on to win the premiership with him a key part of the line-up.

He backed that up with another outstanding 2016 season with Subiaco again making the Grand Final after being minor premiers but coming up short in the decider against Peel Thunder.

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Bulldog Hockey hoping to advance to first career Grand Final

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 1:44 PM - by Chris Pike

REIGNING South Fremantle fairest and best winner Shane Hockey holds himself to high standards so he was as disappointed as anyone following the qualifying final loss to Peel, but he bounced back emphatically and now is desperate to play in the first Grand Final of his senior career.

Hockey joined South Fremantle from VFL club Frankston last year and had an outstanding first season in the WAFL claiming the Bulldogs' fairest and best award and getting to play finals at senior level for the first time in his career.

Previously the last final he had played in was a 10-goal loss for Mornington under-18s against Frankston YCW. But all South Fremantle's preliminary final exit last year at the hands of Peel Thunder did was make Hockey's desire to achieve the ultimate even stronger coming into 2017.

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Earning Grand Final spot now Subiaco's sole focus

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 10:25 AM - by Chris Pike

AFTER shaking off the disappointment of losing to Peel Thunder last Sunday, all Subiaco coach Jarrad Schofield is focused on now is bouncing back against South Fremantle in Sunday's preliminary final to book a spot in a fourth straight WAFL Grand Final.

Subiaco entered last Sunday's second semi-final on the back of a 19-game winning streak and a week off in the opening weekend of the finals, but the Thunder led them from start to finish to end up winning by 24 points.

That saw Peel move into a second straight Grand Final but Subiaco's' outstanding 19-1 season to earn a third straight minor premiership means they have another shot to make a fourth consecutive premiership decider by beating South Fremantle in Sunday's preliminary final in Leederville Oval.

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Bulldogs coach, players desperate for Grand Final experience

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 9:43 AM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle coach Todd Curley is chasing his first Grand Final appearance as a coach with all but four of his squad desperate to reach their first one as well with the Bulldogs feeling buoyant heading into Sunday's preliminary final against Subiaco.

Curley is in his sixth year as a senior coach in the WAFL having previously spent three years at West Perth and now he is in his third season with South Fremantle on the back of a playing career that included two premierships with the Falcons on top of 118 games in the AFL with Collingwood and the Western Bulldogs.

He is about to coach in his third preliminary final in that time after a heartbreaking loss to Swan Districts in 2008 after leading by 35 points and then last year's loss to Peel Thunder.

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VOTE NOW for the AHG Mark and Goal of the Year

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 9:30 AM

The 2017 McDonald's WAFL Premiership Season has seen some absolute screamers and sensational snaps!

We need your help in deciding the AHG Mark and Goal of the Year. Remember you only get one chance to vote, so make sure it counts!

By casting your vote you automatically go into the draw to win a six-seater open-air box at the last ever 2017 McDonald's WAFL Grand Final held at Domain Stadium on Sunday, September 24. 

Simply click the links above each video, vote for the best highlight and enter your details for a chance to win.

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2017 Team of the Year

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 8:25 AM

THE 2017 Team of the Year has been finalised, with the best 22 players plus three emergencies named based on weekly nominations throughout the McDonald’s WAFL Premiership season.

Each round during the season, a Team of the Round was named on, with 192 different players named at least once across the 23 weeks, making them eligible for selection in the overall Team of the Year.

The Team of the Year has been selected based not only on the number of times each player was selected in the Team of the Round, but also on their playing positions and strengths to achieve the best overall team of 2017 WAFL players.

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Finals victory a good reward for Harding's outstanding service

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 10:19 AM - by Chris Pike

GREG Harding was deserving of coaching Swan Districts to at least one WAFL finals victory and he got that in his second last game as senior coach as a good reward for the tremendous work he has done during difficult and challenging times for the club since the 2010 premiership.

Harding took over as senior coach at Swan Districts in 2011 with Swans coming off a grand final appearance in 2008, preliminary final in 2009 and then the remarkable premiership triumph in 2010.

He had been assistant coach to Brian Dawson during those three years while also successfully coaching the colts, so he was the ideal fit to continue Swans on the path that they had been on.

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